Sunday alcohol sales, opioid addiction and redistricting are among the many legislative issues being debated at the Statehouse in Indianapolis during the Indiana General Assembly.

Such hot-button topics elicit many opinions by Hoosiers, some of whom would like the opportunity to share them personally with state legislators.

Fortunately, Bartholomew County residents don’t have to travel to Indianapolis to do that.

Local legislators participate in weekly Third House sessions in Columbus during the Indiana General Assembly. The meetings allows residents the opportunity to learn about legislation being debated and acted upon, and to pose questions to their local legislators. This year the meetings are at 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Mill Race Center in Columbus.

That’s a benefit to local residents and the legislators. Residents can become better informed on issues that could impact their lives. Legislators receive valuable feedback that could shape the debate on proposed bills.

What’s also significant is that locally elected state lawmakers have been attending the weekly Third House meetings in Columbus with constituents for more than 47 years, the longest running Third House session in the state, according to the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the meetings.

That shows the value of regular dialogue between legislators and their constituents.

Third House sessions will continue through at least March 12. Plenty of opportunities remain to participate. Consider attending a session.

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Third House sessions, sponsored by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, begin at 7:30 a.m. every Monday at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. in Columbus. They will continue through at least March 12 of this session of the Indiana General Assembly.